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New Lab Matters: Riding the wave of public health laboratory funding into the future

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A burst of emergency federal funding during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed public health laboratories to upgrade, improve and invest. Laboratories modernized equipment, hired personnel, created more efficient processes, and expanded public health programs such as next-generation sequencing and wastewater surveillance. But supplemental funding has begun to recede. The boom-and-bust cycle of public health funding is well-known to public health professionals. They’ve seen it time and time again, which spurred laboratory directors during the pandemic to think critically and sustainably about how to invest COVID-19 dollars beyond the initial pandemic response, as seen in this issue’s feature article.

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